Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPM™) is a programme developed in Toronto, Canada by Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix, a physician and University of Toronto Associate Professor, who has worked as a chronic pain consultant for many years at University of Toronto pain clinics, including at St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto. Originally based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) originated by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the USA several decades ago, it has been developed into a Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Sensitive, researched pain management programme, more customized to the needs of those dealing with chronic pain. It is also as effective for stress management.
NNC acts as a professional training, mentoring and accrediting company for health care professionals and prospective MBCPM™ facilitators wishing to take the programme back to their own communities, increasing its accessibility within health care and corporate environments as it spreads throughout Ontario and beyond. Professional trainings are now run in collaboration with the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, and offered on site and on line. Since 2012 more than 200 health care professionals have attended the NNC professional trainings.
Since 2002, over 12,000 patients/clients have participated in the MBCPM™ courses to better manage their chronic pain conditions. Courses have extended across Ontario, often via the use of telemedicine. Classes are conducted in meeting rooms at various hospitals, health facilities and corporations.
Attendees learn the principles and practice of mindfulness, and how it can reduce mental and physical suffering and improve healing. Mindfulness can assist in many aspects of life, such as becoming less reactive, calmer and more pain-controlled when interacting with family, friends, colleagues, employers, insurers, and when facing challenges. Life skills, self-care and awareness are also enhanced in this self-management course.
The Stress version of the Course is a parallel trauma-informed/sensitive curriculum with workbook, and both the Pain and Stress workbooks are also available in French. Alumni courses with workbooks have been developed to add to the basic MBCPM™ course: MBCPM™ Advanced Review (revision of the basic course); Emotional Skills; and Lumina Spark. Facilitators professionally trained in delivering the MBCPM™ course can also teach the stress course version, the Advanced Review course, and can apply to be trained in the Emotional Skills course. Lumina Professional training is via Lumina Learning Canada.
NNC produces the course curriculum for the MBCPM™ professional trainings, course materials for client courses, and acts as an information and consulting hub.
This website helps you to locate Courses (clients/patients) and Trainings (professional trainings). If you are interested in taking a course, please read About the Class, and check for course locations under our courses tab. Also click here for professional trainings.
Meet the Team
Margie, Programme SupportA chronic pain sufferer herself, Margie provides committed, trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive support at patient courses. She also volunteers at trainings for facilitators both online and onsite, adding valuable feedback about highly sensitive persons’ perceptions—as she is one! Margie also supports the entire NNC team. Read more
ScottProvides volunteer support at on-site and off-site professional trainings, workshops and presentations. Read more
Jackie I., Book keeperJackie provides book keeping and liaises with team, purchasers and accounting. Read more
Katherine, Manager, Corporate TrainingsFrom her perspective of a long career specializing in Occupational Health, Safety, and creation of Healthy Workplace in large organizations, Katherine assists NNC with corporate enquiries and customization of corporate programs. She also assists with communications including newsletter, dispatch of certificates for trainees, and technical design of NNC forms and PowerPoints. Read more
Joan, Evaluations and Assessment CoordinatorCoordinates end-of-course patient evaluations for all facilitators, to ensure quality control. She assists with materials assembly and administration at trainings. Read more
Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix, Founder & Medical DirectorTwitter Dr. Gardner-Nix was a Chronic Pain Consulting Physician, Department of Anaesthesia, Pain Clinic, St Michael’s Hospital until 2018, and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Anaesthesia, University of Toronto. She is also on staff at Northumberland Hills Hospital, Cobourg. She trained in the renowned Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program Read more
Kendra, Communications and Materials CoordinatorProvides website and dispatch support, legal communications and filing documentation. She assists with materials ordering, assembly and administration at trainings. She has been with NNC for 15 years. Read more
Debbie, Social Media CoordinatorDebbie is currently managing Social Media for NNC and assists with other Team NNC functions where needed. She has co-facilitated some MBCPM courses since taking the MBCPM™ Facilitator Training and Practicum in 2014 and 2015. Originally employed with Durham Region Social Services for twenty-five years, she came to the NNC professional training with a Certification as a Read more